Volunteering as a Professional Vet in Argentina
In Argentina, the assistance of professional vets is desperately needed to care for domestic animals at under-resourced shelters and clinics. These shelters and clinics receive little funding from the government and while local staff are dedicated, few are qualified in the field of veterinary medicine. As a professional vet with skills, experience, and a passion for animals, you can make a hugely positive impact in Argentina as a volunteer.
How can volunteer vets help in Argentina?
This project involves working at an animal clinic and a shelter for dogs. The shelter is located on the outskirts of Cordoba, in Villa Allende, where staff care for more than 300 dogs. With your knowledge and experience, you can help alleviate the pressure on the local staff and improve the level of care for the dogs.
At the animal clinic, based in the city of Cordoba, you will work alongside professional vets, assisting them and taking the lead on consultations. You will have an important role to play at the clinic by performing medical procedures, educating animal owners on the importance of animal welfare, and helping the staff with general animal care.
At both placements, we encourage you to share your knowledge and engage in meaningful cultural exchange with your local colleagues. These engagements with local veterinarians can significantly improve current practices and standards. You will also have the opportunity to take part in community days organized by the placement staff which aims to further assist and serve the community and their animals.
What will I gain from this project?
Volunteering in Argentina will give you the opportunity to use your energy, skills, and passion for animals to benefit local organizations and the community. Your time abroad will also provide you with a deeper understanding of animal welfare challenges and successes in a developing country. For academics, this will provide you with interesting case studies.
Skilled local veterinarians are eager to share their medical knowledge with you, and you will be able to have many lively discussions on the topic of animal care, international practices, and medical procedures. You will also have the opportunity to coach the local staff, leaving them with sustainable and more recent animal care practices.
You will be given hands-on experiences in the clinic and dog shelter which will test and hone your skills. During your initial days at the placement, you will be encouraged to familiarize yourself with the staff, the workplace, animals, and the pet owners.
As a professional volunteer, you will be involved with the following:
- Helping alleviate the pressure on local staff
- Assisting with and conducting medical procedures
- Training and sharing medical knowledge with local staff on the practices of your home country
- Helping prepare material for and running community days
- Raising awareness of the importance of animal care in a developing country
- Consulting with animal owners
What will Projects Abroad provide?
We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Argentina is successful and enjoyable:
- Safe accommodation with an Argentinian host family close to your project.
- Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24 hours a day.
- A friendly member of staff available to meet you on arrival at the airport.
- Medical and travel insurance.
What skills or qualifications do I need?
If you have a degree in Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Nursing, or a related subject, along with at least two years of experience, then you will be suited for this project.
If you have any specific specialisms or interests in your field, please discuss this with us on application. Please contact us if you think your knowledge may be useful on this project but do not have the required qualifications.
A basic understanding of Spanish is beneficial so that you are able to communicate effectively, both with the staff and the community. If you are interested in taking Spanish lessons while in Argentina, please read about the language course we have on offer. If you do not speak Spanish, an English speaking local veterinarian will be available to assist you.
If you are interested in this project but do not have the relevant experience, please take a look at our standard Combined Veterinary Medicine and Animal Care Project in Argentina.